THE Hunter Valley’s McGuigan Wines has been crowned the world’s best winemaker for the third time in four years.
The winery, which has a cellar door in Pokolbin, claimed the gong at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London this week.
It follows wins in 2009 and 2011, making McGuigan Wines the first winery to receive the accolade three times in the more than 40 year history of the competition.
McGuigan Wines chief winemaker Neil McGuigan said the award was an outstanding result for the brand and Australia.
“We’ve come along way from our humble beginnings in the Hunter Valley. To be the only winery in the world to have won world’s best winemaker three times is a testament to our commitment to quality. We can now proudly say that we are now one of the most awarded wineries in the world.”
McGuigan entered and won medals in 39 categories including the International Semillon Trophy, nine gold, 22 silver and eight bronze medals including eight ‘Best in Class’ awards.
Awarded wines included various vintages of the McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon, the 2009 vintage of McGuigan Farms Shiraz from the Barossa Valley and the 2007 McGuigan Shortlist Semillon.